September 2, 2004

Good Mix Of Veterans, Youth Have Tigers Vying For Another Title

High school football teams lose talented players each year to graduation. This year is no exception for Scotland County, as the Tigers will have to replace eight graduating seniors that were all-conference performers in 2003. While the team returns a solid core of seniors this season, a talented but inexperienced sophomore class will likely be the determining factor for the 2004 SCR-I Tigers.

We have a lot of good seniors this year, and we have a lot of sophomores filling key spots, said Coach Brent Bondurant. How these young kids perform will be the big question for us.

At least four sophomores will get the nod in skill positions on offense.

Marcus Shalley will be taking over the quarterback job. He took some snaps at the varsity level last season when starter Danny Roach missed action. Coach Bondurant said the team will look to Shalley to build on a strong junior varsity season in 2003 as he could be at the reigns for SCR-I for the next three years.

Shalley will likely be throwing to several familiar faces. Sophomores Matt Wickert and Grant Blomme will split time at wide receiver while sophomore Colby Brown will see time at tight end.

We have a lot of leadership on this team so hopefully our veteran players will rally around these young guys and make it happen for us this year, Bondurant said.

The Tigers wont be forced to throw the young passing attack to the wolves thanks to a very talented offensive line led by all-conference performer Michael Garnett. After earning second-team honors at center during his junior year, Garnett will move to right tackle to team with fellow senior, right guard Greg Neagle to give the team an imposing right side of the line. Senior Jon Keller, a starter in 2003 will also fit into the mix as the season progresses after he missed most of pre-season practice.

We are definitely going to be strong on the right side of the ball and hope to be able to take advantage of these guys with our running game, Bondurant said.

Sophomore Lance Smith has been taking most of the snaps at center for the team. The left side of the line will feature a combination of seniors Devin Mauck, Kevin Moffett and Reece Hogarth.

The backfield will return four players with varsity experience from last year. Senior Tim Robinson rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown last year as the back up for Joel Myers. B.J. Houghton carried the ball 22 times for 95 yards. Joe Talbert, who played last year at slot back, likely will start at fullback, giving the team another powerful blocker in the running attack. Sophomore Zach McBee is coming off an impressive pre-season and Coach Bondurant said he likely will figure into the backfield equation as well.

Last years fullback, Jared Shelley, will move to slot back where he could quickly become Shalleys favorite target. Shelley could also see time in the backfield and is the teams back-up quarterback along with Bryce Blomme.

The squads special teams are in good hands. Robinson was a unanimous first team all-conference selection at kicker. He made 21 of 22 extra points in 2003 as well as a pair of field goals including one of 38 yards. Houghton gave the team a dangerous kick returner, taking the ball back an average of 26 yards per attempt and also ran one back for a TD.

There will be big shoes to fill on defense as well as SCR-I must replace its top three tacklers from a year ago.

The Tigers have some impressive size up front where Coach Bondurant also has plenty of depth. He said he is looking for a huge season from Greg Neagle at the defensive end where the Coach says the senior can be an unstoppable force. Garnett likely will start at the other end with Hogarth and Moffett at the tackle spots. Bondurant said he has Smith and Colby Peterson for interior line spots as well where they can clog up the oppositions running game.

Anything that gets through the line will run into some solid talent at the next level of defense where SCR-I features a talented linebacker crew. Shelley, the teams emotional leader, will head the group. He recorded 96 tackles in 2003 and also made three interceptions. Robinson also returns as a starting linebacker after racking up 64 stops a year ago. Joe Talbert split time at defensive back and linebacker last season, making 51 tackles. They will be joined by Houghton, the lone junior in the crew.

The Tigers will have one returning starter in the defensive backfield. Senior Carl Snyder took over midway through the year at cornerback and had a solid year. He will be joined by Grant Blomme at the other cornerback spot while Wickert will be the starting safety.>

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

MARY LOUISE BROWN (10/30/1918 – 8/17/2017)

Mary Louise Brown, 98, died Thursday, August 17, 2017, at her home in Carbondale, IL surrounded by loving family.

She was born October 30, 1918, in Kirksville, MO, to George E. and Nannie Moore Leslie. She grew up in Memphis, MO, where she attended public schools and was valedictorian of her high school class. Following graduation with a Bachelors Degree from Kirksville State College, she taught in high schools in Kirksville and Monticello, MO. She was married in 1940 to Clyde Moseley Brown. In 1951 they moved to Carbondale, IL where they raised their family. After his death in 1965, she worked in Academic Advisement at Southern Illinois University until her retirement in 1988.

Mary Lou was a devoted mother, survived by her children Nancy Cook (Greg) of Makanda, IL, Susie Ellison (Lee) of Portland, OR, Bill Brown of New Braunfels, TX, Rosemary Hopson (Jack) of St. Louis, MO, Laura Ventetuolo of Cranston, RI, and Charles Brown (Jeanne) of Beltsville, MD. She was grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 23 children. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Harris of Memphis, MO and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many longtime friends and neighbors and by her dedicated caregivers, Diana, Eva, Rachel and Pat.

Mary Lou was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Carbondale for 66 years, and of Chapter GX, PEO Sisterhood. She volunteered in her children’s schools and scouts. Among her many interests were traveling with family, playing bridge, gardening and reading. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Saluki Basketball, attending all home games for many years.

Services for Mary Lou were held Wednesday, August 23, at First United Methodist Church, in Carbondale, IL with Rev. Alan Rhein officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to First United Methodist Church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or a charity of the donor’s choice will be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements.

To share a story or memory of Mary Lou please visit, www.meredithfh.com.

Rutledge Ruby Red Hats Travel to Quincy

The Rutledge Rudy Red Hats carpooled to Quincy, IL on Monday August 14th. Some of the ladies met at the Zimmerman’s cafe to depart while others gathered in Colony for rides.

We had a great lunch at Kelly’s Tavern.

Those present were Julia Hunolt, Charlene Montgomery, Celina Erickson, Alice Ann Gipson, Jewel See, Marjorie Peterson, Virginia Hustead, Reva Hustead and Neta Phillips.

Everyone received a gift from their hostesses, Dorothy Hunolt and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt.

The next meeting will be at El Jays Restaurant (where the VFW used to be). Our hostesses next month will be Alice Ann Gibson and Marjorie Peterson.

Submitted by Naomi Kidd-Schwandt

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Cedar Grove Club Meets in Greensburg

The Cedar Grove Club met on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the home of Betty Bissell.  We enjoyed an all salad meal of chicken salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, cucumber salad, sliced tomatoes, and a dessert salad.  Betty said the blessing.

Reta Stott was on vacation, so Vice-President Betty called the meeting to order.  Present were Betty Bissell, Peggy Cumby, Christine Musgrove, Virginia Woods, and Phyllis Heckethorn.  Christine brought special guest, Joy Musgrove.

Peggy is going to notify Betty and Christine of when she will next be in town.  They will meet at the Care Center to discuss the Community Project.

The September meeting will be on the 13th at the home of Reta Stott.

Submitted by Phyllis Heckethorn

Rutledge Renegades

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville.

Katrina and Neta went to Kirksville.

Katrina and Neta went to LaBelle Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 19th.  Neta rode on the Eastern Star #316/Masonic Lodge #222 float in the parade.

There was an exercise class at the Memphis Pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We called ourselves the “Memphis Mermaids”.  Our lifeguard was Megan Kice and our instructors were Lorri Shirkey, Katie Kittle Tuck, Kendra Schlater, and Megan Weber.  Some of the “Mermaids” were Ethel Barrett, Benji Briggs, Kathe Droege and granddaughter, Kallee Kretzer, Karen Kelso, Julie Chamley, Marilyn Blessing, Dee Wiley, Terry Sommers, Nancy Jo Waack, and Neta Phillips.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge will be going to Ogo’s in Keokuk, IA on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.   We will be meeting at Zimmerman’s at 9:15 a.m.

Lena Mae Horning and Marion Huber had to get up very early to come to work at Zimmerman’s.  They made 25 dozen donuts!!

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Don Tague, Neta Phillips, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Marjorie Peterson, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Oren and Celina Erickson, Doris Day, Charlene Montgomery, Ruth Ludwick, Katrina Hustead, and Victor Childers.

Mark the Path

I’ve learned over the years, to keep a watchful eye when I travel to a tree stand in an unfamiliar place. I especially do this when I’m hunting in another state. I’ve been lost a few times. When I’m walking in, I always try to turn around and look back to see what the view looks like going in the opposite direction. I also mark certain topographical differences such as a fallen tree or one that has a certain shape or characteristic. I also take with me some marking ribbon just in case I have to wander through the woods in search for an animal I may have shot. I will mark my path back to my tree stand.

I’ve just hunted long enough to understand that no matter how experienced I may think I am, I can and will get turned around in a strange place. One of the simplest inventions that came along a few years ago was reflective tacks. They are pushed into a tree and when passed over with a flashlight will make a path look like an airport runway.  I’ve hunted in some places where these tacks were put on both sides of the path every few feet, all the way to the foot of the tree where I was to hunt. Because someone marked my path, there was no way I was getting lost.

When I think about the most important things in my life, I am equally thankful some folks marked a clear path to keep me from getting lost. And even though I chose to stray from that path many times, it was not because the path was not marked sufficiently.

Wisdom is knowing when to blaze your own trail and when to understand the trail that others have blazed is the only way to go. It is also making sure you have marked the correct trail for those who will come after you. There are some areas in life that those who follow us must find out for themselves; things like what their call is or what their passions are. There is no shortcut for these pursuits. In other areas we can save them a lot of heartaches if we will clearly mark the path and warn them concerning leaving its narrow way.

Even though I had some great guides in my life, I also know if others had also accepted their responsibility for pointing me the right way, I could have learned a lot of important lessons a lot earlier than I did. Don’t ever be afraid to mark the path when you are exactly sure where it leads.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

Battle of Brier Creek

The Battle of Brier Creek was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on March 3, 1779 near the confluence of Brier Creek with the Savannah River in eastern Georgia. A Patriot force consisting principally of militia from North Carolina and Georgia was surprised, suffering significant casualties. The battle occurred only a few weeks after a resounding American Patriot victory over the British at Kittle Creek, north of Augusta,  reversing its effect on morale. Following the entry of France into the Revolutionary War in 1778, the British focused their  attention on the American South, to which they had not paid great attention in the early years of  the war. The British Commander was Mark Prevost. The American Commander was  John Ashe. On the afternoon  of March 3, 1779 a rider galloped into the American camp warning of the British approach. While the exact time they had to deploy is uncertain, the relatively hurried nature of their deployment is clear. The number of troops that actually formed up was about  900, as a  number of troops had been dispatched to the south for scouting and  others were on duty elsewhere. Distribution of ammunition to the men  was complicated by  the shortage of cartouche boxes and varying musket  calibers, and most of the Patriot militia did not have bayonets. Seeing the British charging at them, many broke and ran without even firing a shot. The result was a British victory. The American Patriots had at least 150 men killed, unknown wounded and 227 captured.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

MARTHA ANGELA “MARTY” COCHRAN (7/5/1954 – 8/19/2017)

Martha Angela “Marty” Cochran, 63, died Saturday, August 19, 2017. She was born July 5, 1954 in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of Wayne Stanley and Shirley Ann (Watson) Parker.

She was a 1972 graduate of Scotland County R-1 School, a member of First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas and was owner of a title insurance company in Hutchinson, Kansas.

On December 21, 1972 she married Jimmy Dean Cochran in Memphis, Missouri. He survives. Also surviving, are their sons, Ryan and Carrie of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Zac and Kate of Wichita, Kansas; two grandsons, Fisher Austin and Bane Parker; sisters, Kathryn Eggers of Overland Park, Kansas, Rebecca Parker Childress of Edina, Missouri, Tamara Parker Nance of Tampa, Florida, Teresa Parker McDonald of Venice, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marty was preceded in death by her parents and her parents-in-law, John and Edna Cochran.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Elliott Chapel with Reverend Jeff Slater presiding. Friends may sign her memorial book through service time Thursday, with family to be present from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Descendants of Original Pioneers Pay Visits to Scotland, Schuyler Counties

Henry Hawkins Downing, II descendants recently gathered to explore Scotland and Schuyler counties where their ancestor was one of the original pioneers settling in the region. Photo by Abby Fincher.

by Barbara Blessing

On August 14 and 15, 2017, descendants of pioneer settlers converged on northeast Missouri to view the origins of their predecessors. Henry Hawkins Downing I and his wife Airy Hitch Downing were joined by five of their seven children to make the 1,000 mile trek to Missouri in 1834. Included with the five journeying to Missouri was our ancestor Henry Hawkins Downing II.  The other four children were Harriet Green Smoot, Martha Acton Briggs, Amanda Melvina Williams, and William G. Downing.  A sister, Sarah Ann Downing Hudnall, with her family, soon joined the Missouri contingent.  The only one to remain in Virginia was son John Hitch Downing.  Together with their families, they made the trek from Virginia to settle on the frontier.  While they had no wealth when they left Faquier County, Virginia, through industry and hard work, they were soon landowners and prominent businessmen.

Henry H. Downing II had nine children: namely, John Alexander, Rhoda Ann, William Green, Mary Etta, Amanda D., Harriet (Hattie) Ann, Henry Hawkins III, James M, and Jennie Valiant.  The descendants of John Alexander, Rhoda Ann and Jennie Valiant were present for the reunion.  Those attending were Bill Cox, Rebekah Cox Fish, Jennie Downing Cox, Mel Cox, Abby Cox Fincher, and matriarch Melba Cox from the Jennie Valiant Nelson family.  Those attending from John Alexander’s family were Kathleen Downing de Izaguirre, Indiana Lugo Downing and Emma Lugo Downing, Maria Downing de Villa, Martha and Frank Fair, Pearl Gizzarelli, Vivian B. Najarra,  Sergio and Maria Zamora, and Maria Downing,   Those present from Rhoda’s family were Henry Hawkins Blessing and his wife Barbara, Marilyn Blessing and her husband Roy Blessing, Jr., Jim Bruner, Louise Newland, and  SC researcher Joanne Aylward who had helped Mr. and Mrs. Cox during a previous visit.  The descendants attending currently live in New Jersey, California, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Bill Cox and his late wife Teresia have done extensive research on our family’s origins.  On Monday, he presented a notebook to everyone detailing some of the information they have gleaned from years of study.  We left the fellowship hall of the Downing Christian Church to go to the Downing Family Cemetery located on land owned now by Henry H. Blessing II, another descendant of Rhoda’s.  We visited at the recently renovated site and took pictures.  Then we journeyed to the James Garnett home to visit the place of the original homestead of Henry H. Downing II.  There have been years of change, but there remains the cistern and a depression in the ground where the cellar was originally and then filled in.  After lunch at Keith’s, we went to the Downing House Museum built by Henry’s brother, William G. Downing to view artifacts, history, and memorabilia from Scotland County.

The Downing House Museum hosted the group of Henry Hawkins Downing descendants during their visit to Memphis. Photo by Jennie Cox.

The Scotland County Genealogical Society presented us with folders of information from their files.  They also hosted a reception at their building and served refreshments in honor of Miss Indiana Lugo Downing’s 77th birthday.  We then went to view the square where Mr. John Alexander Downing, upon returning to America from Nicaragua, established a business.  His father Henry II had deeded him three lots with a house where they resided during their brief sojourn in America before returning to Nicaragua to finally establish their permanent home.

We went to the Scotland County Library where we viewed the resources that were available for genealogy study.

On Tuesday, we reconvened at the Fellowship Hall of the Downing Christian Church before going to the Downing Museum where we were hosted by volunteers Judy Sharp and Jerry Scurlock.  Several pictures were taken and visiting continued.  We then went to the Winn Hill Bed and Breakfast to view a typical 1850’s home where the brick were kilned on the property.  After a fantastic meal and more visiting and picture-taking, several had to depart to catch planes to return to their homes.  The Cox family went to the Dover Cemetery to view the resting places of Colonel John William and Rhoda Priest and their descendants and then to Henry and Barbara’s home to view the Middle Fabius grist stone, the site of the presumed Rhoda Downing Priest’s home, and other artifacts.

We are indebted to the Genealogical Society, Curators of the Downing House Museum, Rhonda McBee, Lynette Dyer, and Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, the Childresses for opening their Winn Hill B&B home for touring and dining, Melissa Schuster of the SC Library (who is herself a Downing descendant), Mr. Garnett and Henry Blessing II for access to their land, The Downing Christian Church for use of their fellowship hall, and to Ronnie Tinkle for refurbishing the family cemetery.

“I am bound to them, though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices, I honor their history.  I cherish their lives.  I will tell their story.  I will remember them.”  Author Unknown

 

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